Ike takes us through his season -- event by event. Here's his take on Lake Okeechobee and what he learned there.
When we stopped last week I was in the middle of telling you why the two small bass I caught on the third day of the Oneida event made for one of my best days ever.
The math worked in my favor. I claimed the last Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year slot for next year’s Bassmaster Classic. That’s a lot of weight off my shoulders.
The Open on Cayuga Lake is over; that event got me pumped up for the final Elite Series tournament on Oneida Lake later this week. It’ll be a challenge because I have so much riding on the outcome, but hey, that’s what this business is all about.
After some on-the-water tests, I am rethinking how I pack my boat for bass fishing.
I was out fishing with the girls on Sunday, and we had an interesting experience that I thought might help some of you guys this summer. Conditions were tough so we fished the dragonfly bite.
The Ramada Championship on Oneida Lake is coming up, and I’m holding down slot number 31 in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race. That’s too close for comfort as far as I’m concerned.
I had a mediocre finish on Lake Champlain last week and then a long drive home to fish a local tournament on the Cooper River with some of my old friends from the Top Rod Bassmasters.
2012 ICAST is over. We had a really good time. I can tell you from what I saw the fishing industry is in good shape. There’s lots of activity and interest in our sport. I feel good about things. Naturally, it was a tough week. Crazy might be a better description. I spent all three days running from sponsor to sponsor trying to make sure everyone got the help they deserve. The good side of that is that there were plenty of buyers showing interest in our products, and all the other products, too. It’s better to be crazy than calm. Calm is bad at ICAST.
Tomorrow night is the start of ICAST. Without going into every detail I’ll tell you it’s the biggest fishing show there is. Nearly every manufacturer in the industry will be there with new or improved products.